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Today's mighty oak is yesterday's nut that held its ground.
Great opportunities come to those who make the most of small ones.
If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.
Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.
Clouds that thunder do not always rain.
If you shoot your arrows at stones, you will damage them.
He who would enjoy the fruit must not spoil the blossoms.
In a major matter, no details are small.
Don't use a big word where a diminutive one will suffice.
If the mountain will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet must go to the mountain.
War makes thieves, and peace hangs them.
Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.
Without a vision, the people perish.
Moderation in all things including moderation. To be truly moderate, you must be extreme in some things.
attributed to Valerie Whitcomb
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
When losing, say little; when winning, say less.
Election campaign mantra of the perennially-winning Liberal Party of Canada, quoted in "Debunking the Cult of Warren" by Paul Wells, published in the
There is nothing wrong with having nothing to say - unless you insist on saying it.
When policy fails try thinking.
From compromise and things half done, Keep me with stern and stubborn pride; And when at last the fight is won, God, keep me still unsatisfied.
1914 - from "Prayer", published in
Van Horne, Sir William
The biggest things are often the easiest to do because there is so little competition.
Being on the tightrope is living; everything else is waiting. Some people think failure is final. Others gain energy and learn from failure.
1968 - quoted in
Leadership: Strategies for Taking Charge
by Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus, 1985
Everything that I did in my life that was worthwhile I caught hell for.
We began a contest for liberty ill provided with the means for the war, relying on our patriotism to supply the deficiency.
1781 - urging troops not to lose heart at the battle of West Point in the American Revolutionary War
You can lead the House to order, but you canít make it think.
If you're just going to keep your head down, you won't make enemies, but you won't get much done either.
Aug. 23, 2000 - quoted in "The boomer of St. John's", published in the
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
1902 - from
Vesalius in Zante
Whitehead, Alfred North
Simple solutions seldom are. It takes a very unusual mind to undertake analysis of the obvious.
He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.
Jan. 24, 1967 - quoted in the
New York Times
One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to do is to supply light and not heat.